15:11 Wednesday 18 December 2013

Dole claimants at five-year low

Written byMARK MCKAY

Tory Party Chairman - Grant Shapps visiting the Burton MailMP Andrew Griffiths Tory Party Chairman - Grant Shapps visiting the Burton MailMP Andrew Griffiths

THE number of people collecting dole money in Burton is at its lowest level since the 2008 financial crash, according to latest statistics.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in Burton had dropped from 1,248 in October to 1,119 in November – which equates to 1.8 per cent of the town’s working population.

The town’s MP Andrew Griffiths hailed the figures as another sign the UK’s economy is on the road to recovery.

He said: “It’s fantastic news. It shows the economy is beginning to improve and get moving again.

“There’s still a long way to go but the fact that we have the lowest unemployment figures since June 2008 demonstrates that the tough decisions are helping to get people back into work.”

Mr Griffiths also said it was pleasing to hear that 70 per cent of new jobs created since the 2010 General Election were full-time positions.

It was a similar story across the border in South Derbyshire where the number of claimants dropped for the third consecutive month from 985 in October to 879 in November – or 1.5 per cent of the population.

Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire, welcomed the latest figures, which are at the lowest figure for the region since October 2008.

She told the Mail: “I’m absolutely delighted with these figures.

“In the run up to Christmas this means another 106 people are in work who were not before.”

In North West Leicestershire two per cent of the potential workforce are claiming JSA after the figure dropped from 1,220 in October to 1,164 last month.

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